On 22/11/08 17:37, "Vera Lowe" <v.lowe(a)btinternet.com> wrote:
Milford Haven in the 1820s
Steam packets were introduced in 1824 each with a complement of 15. Four
were employed on the Irish packet service ³Crocodile, Sovereign, Vixen and
Meteor.² Ships had to lie about 34 mile off the town because there was no
pier. Passengers and etc. were taken off by boat. Telford was asked to
advise where a pier should be built he said ³Newton Noyes² where there was
enough water. Committee members had wanted Hobbs Point. Samuel Starbuck
jnr. suggested that Hubberston Pill be made a floating dock. Hobbs Point was
eventually authorised in 1836.
In 1831 a careful survey was made of the progress of building Milford in
order to assess its population and define its boundaries to form a
parliamentary constituency with Tenby and Wiston. Shipyards built 100 ton
ships and repaired them. The population consisted principally of government
officials and those who had dealings with ships and their employers, a
number of officers on half-pay and the widows of the same. The ships
chandlery shops were in Hakin, a social division where the sailors also
lived. In a census of 1826 the population was about 1765 - plus Hakin 2372.
The town lost the packet service in 1836 but existed on small private
ship-building yards at Hubberston.
From my notes taken some years ago. Please comment.
The above seems to be a precis of pp 43-46 of "The Story of Milford" by JF
Rees, published by the University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1954 (apart from
the final sentence which comes from a precis of two sentences on page 52).
Regarding Pembrokeshire weather. When I stayed with my grandmother in
Harbour Village, Goodwick in the 1940s and 1950s she told me that if you
could see the Snowdonia mountains (and I can confirm that on occasions you
could) it would rain the next day. I cannot remember whether it was true or